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Before becoming a part of the team in any location, volunteers have to go through a one-day online training. This training will include, amongst others, nonviolence strategies and philosophy, group decision making and cultural considerations for living and working in Palestine. In the course of this training, both you and the trainers will ensure that this is the kind of work you are prepared and ready for. If, at any point during the process, we find that you are not suitable for volunteering with ISM (for example if you don’t agree with our principles) you will not be able to join ISM’s work.

The training prepares volunteers for the solidarity work ISM is doing in Palestine against the ongoing Israeli occupation. Before successfully completing the full training, you cannot take part in any actions and activities on the ground.

Online training is being organised by several of ISM’s international support groups. It will take place every month. Please email ismtraining [at] riseup.net to book a place.

Shorter briefings – for prospective volunteers to check out whether ISM is right for them – will also be organized, where possible, in coordination with the support groups.

Once you’ve done the training, we’ll tell you the next steps you can take before joining us in Palestine.

Once you’ve completed the training, you will stay in one of the teams’ shared apartments. You’ll be paying 30 shekels a night for the first month. After that, you can stay in the apartment for free.

The training will include the following sections:

  • Hopes and Fears
  • ISM principles and structure
    • Solidarity and Oppression
    • Consensus Decision Making
    • Non-violent Spectrum
    • Palestinian-led
  • Culture
  • Sexual harassment and Assault
  • Responding to Violence
  • Legal
  • Media
  • Looking out for ourselves (self-care) and each other on the ground and back home